The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has issued the following statement for the passing of 2007 Inductee Eddie Van Halen.“Inductee Eddie Van Halen forever changed the vocabulary of the electric guitar. With blistering speed, control, and melodic feel, he perfected the art of shredding, unleashing two-handed finger tapping, dramatic whammy-bar moves, and other astonishing never-before-seen techniques.
Innovative, like his hero Les Paul, Eddie reimagined the sonic possibilities of the guitar and became an inspiration for an entire generation of musicians who worshiped his sound and style.
His band Van Halen kicked the American hard rock scene into high gear in the late Seventies, became rock heroes on MTV in the Eighties, and gave rise to a steady stream of shredders and trailblazers ever since.”-Greg Harris, President & CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of FameWatch (and use courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
Van Halen’s 2007 Induction speech and performance of “Why Can’t This Be Love” and Induction by Velvet Revolver at https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/van-halen, where you can also find Van Halen’s bio and read their official Induction program essay.
- Hall of Fame Gallery (L3): signature wall
- Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll (L0 & L6): Including his well-known Frankenstein guitar, Wolfgang guitars, rigs, and more
- The Garage (L2)
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